Mallya brings ‘Gandhi’ home

What were  your thoughts  when you heard of  Mr Vijay Mallya’s  acquisition of  Gandhi’s metal rimmed glasses and a few other belongings? gandhi1I, for one,  wondered what the mahatma would have made of the Mallya deal. We have some Gandhiwadhis hailing Mr Mallya for bringing our ‘heritage’  back to India. Never mind, if Gandhi’s things were paid for with a liquor baron’s money.  Whatever happened to the Gandhian thought about putting ‘means’ above ‘ends’?  Does the end, however lofty, justify any means?  Of course there is a school of thought that believes there is no such thing as tainted money. 

Mr Mallya may be an honourable man,  but a businessman nonetheless, believing in making sensible investments.   Imagine the publicity mileage he can milk out of his Gandhian acquisition. Not long ago, he bought Tipu’s sword in auction, and brandished it during the last poll campaign ,when Mr Mallya was working president of the Janata Party.

We have another election round the corner.  It comes after another prized acquisition by Mr Mallya.  Is he  still with the janata Party ?

For the record, he is  reported to have paid  $1.8 mill to retrive  for India prized artefacts auctioned in New York.  The items that came under the hammer were Gandhi’s pocket watch, a pair of sandals, his metal-rimmed glasses, and a plate and bowl.


5 Responses

  1. I just hope he doesn’t strut around wearing Gandhi’s glasses at the election campaign!

    Gandhiji must be suffering .. to see the likes of Sanjay Dutt and Mallya making him the means for their ends!

  2. Wish it had never happened and they had left Gandhiji alone…

    but it amuses one to know how much money these people are indeed making in India.. if they are willing to part with it, then for sure it would be replaced soon

  3. It was interesting actually as I did a little bit of work over this. I thought something was not quite right about the watch
    Another blogger pointed out that the glasses do not have the right shape & that the kolhapuris do not look aged..

    Anyway Mallaya has those objects now.. So let him have his day!!

  4. “means matter more than the end” is my thought. But then, if some one else outside India had bought it, how do we know his money came about.
    We could just stay proud that such a one was born and lived on our soil rather then wanting to own his possessions.

  5. This is a farce a person who sells liquor brings in remembrances of a person who was promoting abstainance through out his life.

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